The Oct. 4 Tennessean reports on the award-winning volunteer activities of a recent Belmont University graduate in a literacy tutoring program:
For the past three years, Ann-Marie Smiley has served as a tutor and site supervisor for Belmont University’s literacy tutoring initiative with the YMCA Fun Company at Carter-Lawrence Magnet Elementary School. She also served as chairwoman of the annual Belmont Family Literacy Day for three years. For this work, Smiley was nominated for the 2003 Mary Catherine Strobel Award for Youth Volunteer of the Year.
Smiley, who graduated from Belmont in May with a music education degree, has been a driving force behind the Belmont Family Literacy Day. The event is held each spring when more than 150 Belmont students, faculty and staff invite children and their parents to come read books and celebrate the joys of reading and the importance of literacy.